Multi-Instrument Session musician for hire as heard on multiple TV shows. Storage Wars, AX Men, Deadliest Catch, Jay Leno's Garage, Appalachian Outlaws and more.
Andy Blunda is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in North Hollywood, CA. He has toured and recorded with a wide range of acts including Fastball, Paloalto, Jason Falkner, Stabbing Westward, Zoe Bonham, REO Speedwagon, Essx Station, Denmark&Winter and many more. His playing can also be heard on a number of tv shows including Storage Wars, AX Men, Deadliest Catch, Jay Leno's Garage, Appalachian Outlaws. He is currently the composer for Jay Leno's Garage.
Andy is available for session work in guitar, bass, and keys. His playing is described as tasteful and always sensitive to the needs of the song. His home studio is more than equipped to give professional sounding tracks to almost any musical genre.
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Interview with Andy Blunda
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Essx Station, indie rock duo project comprised of myself and female singer Mandi Perkins. I co wrote and produced our first EP. Great songwriting and I as especially proud of how our duet vocals gelled together.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am the composer for the tv show Jay Leno’s Garage. I write, play, record and mix all the music out of my professional home studio.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, analog for warmth and vibe and digital for the endless possibilities it gives us.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It is your vision and I am here to facilitate that, I will always have suggestions but it is ultimately your song we are here to make great.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to make things that are beautiful.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take to record this guitar part? My turn around is typically no more than a week.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it’s easy
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the mood your trying to get across? Who is your audience? What other song would you compare what your trying to do with this one?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your song and arrangement are the best they can be before you start production
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 4 track cassette recorder, SM58 mic, my 1950 fender acoustic, a shaker and my fender P Bass
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Trained in classical piano at university, trained in rock on the road in bands and honed production skills writing for tv and film in my home studio.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I can do many different styles but I believe my strength is in the melancholy side of music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Mac Demarco, he’s a great songwriter and musician and I love his attitude
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Leave space
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Instrumental music for tv
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Piano performance
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Always ask is this part serving the song in the best way possible? We are slaves to the song and I believe I bring that sensibility to my parts.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Write and arrange on acoustic guitar or piano, then begin production in Cubase.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Professional home studio; Cylinder Mac fully loaded, Apogee Symphomy MK2, tons of guitars, amps, hardware synths and a real piano.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Joe Chiccarelli, Alan Moulder, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Flood.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing, recording, producing and mixing instrumental productions for use in television and film.